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Green Day's American Idiot to Become Stage Musical

Green Day's American Idiot to Become Stage Musical

'80s and '90s movies like Heathers, Ghost and Sleepless in Seattle aren't the only things to be reworked for the stage these days — a musical version of Green Day's 2004 album American Idiot will open the 2009-10 season at Berkeley Repertory Theater. Here's more:

Michael Mayer, who picked up a 2007 Tony for his direction of Spring Awakening, will helm American Idiot. Mayer co-writes the book with Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who conceived the punk-opera album and wrote most of the lyrics.

A nihilistic coming-of-age story drenched in post-9/11 paranoia, American Idiot follows disaffected contemporary American Everykid Jesus of Suburbia as he morphs into violent, drug-dealing alter-ego St. Jimmy and falls for anarchist girlfriend Whatsername.

The album has been compared to the Who's Tommy, which also became a stage musical, so I think I could see American Idiot working onstage. And apparently during this same season the Berkeley Rep is putting up another new rock-inspired musical, Girlfriend, based on Matthew Sweet's 1991 album.

Could you picture an American Idiot musical? Would you check it out?


gaucholoco gaucholoco 8 years
"The album has been compared to the Who's Tommy..." in, boy, Tommy sure kicks the crap out of this album
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
Berkeley Rep got Passing Strange all the way to the Tony Awards -- I guarantee you that they know what they're doing with this one. Because the album was written as a rock opera, it was always meant to be performed as such. I am, however, upset that I will be relocating to Seattle before it opens. I'll have to arrange a short trip back down to catch it someone weekend . . .
emalove emalove 8 years
I hate Green Day.
wren1 wren1 8 years
OOH, now this one sounds like a great idea! It's already music, unlike Heathers, Sleepless. I would definitely want to check this out. Great album and great story..
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